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‘Prison Within a Prison’: New Mandate Offers Lifeline for Deaf People in Custody
The new rule, which goes in effect in January 2024, applies to phone companies serving prisons, jails and detention facilities nationwide.
The High Cost of a Conversation From Cuyahoga County Jail
Phone calls from this Ohio county jail cost eight times as much as calls from any Ohio state prison.
Life Behind the Wall
Sure, prisons and jails are dangerous places. But everyday life inside isn’t as explosive as TV and movies make it look.
Game of Phones
In a prison where 200 men share eight phones, making back-to-back calls is like challenging the guy behind you to a duel.
This Call May be Monopolized and Recorded
Advocates say prison phone companies’ merger diminishes competition
The Curious Case of the Prisoners in the Wrong Cellblock
A mystery unfolds during an urgent phone call.
How a Phone Changed My Life on Death Row
“I felt like a virgin on my wedding night — eager to put this thing to use, not sure if it’ll hurt.”
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